Mandovi River Cruise in Goa

Posted on June 14, 2019

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June 7, 2019
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Monsoon Activities in Goa

Goa can never let you down. So what if it is raining? There are so many exciting activities one can engage into and keep the spark and fire burning in your belly for a totally enjoyable outing this monsoon. Yes, beaches have always being a prime attraction for tourists in Goa, but all those adventure sports or water activities will not be accomplished during monsoon due to the choppy waters and rough seas. So the best you could do is to take a beach walk or gaze at the sea and relax. Take a trip around Goa and do some shopping or enjoy the night parties on the cruise or take an entry into the floating Casinos on Mandovi River and savor that experience.

Monsoons also mean less traffic on Goan roads due to lack of mainstream tourists. This gives an opportunity to domestic tourists to avail cheaper accommodation and also get better service. Bookings can also be done at a faster pace than season time. So monsoon travelers are at a sort of advantage when they come down to Goa. So what then could excite you when the rain gods have opened the floodgates?

Here’s a hint:

1. Go trekking to the Dudhsagar waterfalls or the Tambdi Surla falls for a breathtaking experience.

2. Enjoy river rafting up north in Mhadei in peak monsoon.

3. Visit the spice plantation or enjoy a trip to Old Goa to learn about the churches and their history.

4. Try an offbeat experience by engaging yourself on a heritage tour of Goa on bicycles.

5. Soak-in the rain with a backwater cruise.

6. Monsoon can also be enjoyed best by driving up the ghat in Chorla or Anmod and witness the lush green surroundings and the valley view from top where many waterfalls can be seen cascading downstream from distance.

7. Enjoy the Goan cuisine by visiting popular restaurants in and around Panaji, Mapusa or Margao.

River Cruise with Water Activities

This package features a classic mix of adventure sports, sightseeing and leisure activities, best suited for groups and families visiting Goa during monsoon. Popular tour operators in Panaji will organize the river cruise on Mandovi River in two batches – morning from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm and in the afternoon from 2:30 pm to 6:30 pm. The 3-hour junket is priced at Rs.1599 per adult while children between3-9 years will be charged Rs1199. The monsoon activities are operations between June and October.

Watersports Activities

1 - Kayaking: Among watersports, Kayaking is a prime option and a perfect means to explore the rivers and backwaters of Goa during monsoon. Kayaking will allow you to fall in love with the picturesque path along the waterways and also open up avenues to explore the green and beautiful ecosystems surrounding these places. Mangroves, mudflats, coves, mini bays and backwaters is what will greet you and kayaking will surely enchant you.

2 - SUP Boards: SUP Boards which is an acronym for ‘Stand Up Paddle Boards’ is another delightful way to navigate through Goan backwaters. The trick lies in how to balance on a SUP Board and understand the technical aspects of paddling. Don’t worry there are instructors to assist you if you aren’t accustomed to it.

Sightseeing on Mandovi River

Cruising along the Mandovi River is a true experience. Onboard the cruise you shall witness sites like the Reis Magos Fort, Adil Shah Palace, Legislative Assembly, the magnificence of the new Mandovi Bridge named the ‘Atal Setu’ which has been the charm of Panaji city. If you happen to be in Goa post monsoon then Dolphin spotting could also be part of your package as then you can venture out into the Arabian Sea which is not possible in monsoon.

Also, Panaji, when lit during the night, is a sight to behold. In a way, the lights that dot the city along the Mandovi when viewed from atop the cruise or the imposing bridge resemble the ‘Queen’s Necklace’ of Mumbai’s Marine Drive.

Leisure Activities/Fishing

Once done with the sightseeing and the water activities there’s still more on offer but something relaxing like engaging in some rod fishing with experts is line-up ahead. Doing a round of fishing with experts will give you the satisfaction of having understood the nuances of what it is like to go trout-catching. Specialists know the perfect fishing spots to ensure that you catch a fish or two more often than not. What more snacks, chilled beers, soft drink and mineral water are all inclusive of the package and you day will definitely be done with a trip on the cruise. Early bird could get some discount. So hurry up.

Activities in a nutshell: Mangrove sightseeing, Bird watching, Crab Catching, Fishing, Kayaking, Stand up paddle boarding and Dolphin watching (more about dolphin trip in Goa).


Monsoons will not be dull anymore in Goa as river cruising with water activities will definitely boost your spirits. Mangrove sightseeing, Bird watching, Crab Catching, Fishing, Kayaking, Stand up paddle boarding is all on offer for you just to spice up your Goa trip. Enjoy the sights and sounds along the River Mandovi and set off with loads of pleasant memories. This Trip can be book online on, In a nutshell, this is a complete budget package with lots of activities and fun. 

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